I always knew the world wasn’t perfect, there was much still to fight for, but I didn’t think we would actually start going backwards towards more intolerance, more inequality, less acceptance of scientific fact.
We’re doing something extra every day after opening our Advent calendar window this year. We’re putting an item of food into a box for our local food bank, and then at Christmas we’ll take the whole box along to our local food bank in Horsham to donate it.
I often write in a journal – I wouldn’t call it ‘journalling’ as I don’t use it for reflecting on the day, really, but it does keep me sane at critical points to lay out my thoughts or to make lists. Quite often, I use it to give myself a little pep talk, and this week I took it a step further and I wrote myself a letter. (more…)
Hello lovely month of May!
(I think May is my second favourite month, after September, but who’s counting).
The month comes with two powerful scent memories for me, from two sides of my life.
First is the powerfully evocative scent of may blossom (hawthorn) and cow parsley together in the sunshine.
(photo by sixxsix)
For me it evokes my childhood, the British countryside and the coming of summer, but perhaps the same species bloom together elsewhere around the world and it means just as much in other places.
The other scent of May for me is strongly associated with France. Muguet (lily of the valley) is traditionally associated with the 1st of May, when it is given as a good luck token. I love that that this tradition hasn’t become globalised, and has stayed a very French symbol of spring.
(photo from www.dieupentale.com)
Of course our woods here are full of bluebells instead, but I might start planting muguet on the sly…
I had to include this link to a lovely free pattern for crochet lily of the valley!
Of course they don’t have the wonderful scent, but this would make a lovely brooch – I must make some in time for next year!
(photo and pattern from Lionbrand)
Meanwhile, once I stop daydreaming, the new month brings with it the more tangible pleasure of fresh new planner sheets…
So, come on May! My Tax Return is done, my stock-take is done, and I have lots of ideas!